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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 01:53 AM

The Wall Street Journal notes that the American Royal BBQ Exhibition will begin soon, and more than 100,000 fans are expected to attend.

Woodyard Bar-B-Que

This working lumberyard and real-deal roadside barbecue sits amid storage complexes on the Kansas border. (snip) The rib rub seasoning is "extremely unique, with ground sea salt and cloves—no sugar added," Mr. Daly emphasizes. The "burnt-ends chili" features smoked ground beef, three kinds of beans and diced tomatoes, and gets taken home by the gallon. You can also carry-out the bacon slabs and seasoned pecan, cherry, hickory and oak woods. 3001 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kan., woodyardbbq.com


Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

There's formidable lineage behind the linen napkins at this K.C. fixture, which is an offshoot of the pioneering Smokehouse Barbecue. (snip) We're talking hickory-grilled steaks, bone-in beef short ribs and inspired salads. Jack Stack's sides rule, from the chunky BBQ beans to the "cheesy potato bake." You can't go wrong with the filet-tender-but-crispy burnt ends or the lamb ribs, which have a moist and gamy complexity. Country Club Plaza, 4747 Wyandotte St.; Freight House: 101 W. 22nd St.; jackstackbbq.com


Perry Foster BBQ

(snip) Mr. Foster's ramshackle roadside smokehouse, an hour's drive from K.C., is open 9 a.m. until midnight 365 days a year, seats about 75 and can be smelled several miles down the road. Big sellers are the pork spare ribs and sliced beef brisket on a sesame bun. Mr. Foster offers the traditional Midwest BBQ sauce made with tomato paste and molasses, as well as a version with a vinegar-mustard base. The beans? He drops the bone from his smoked ham sandwich in the sauce and sets the pan in the smoker for five hours. 10201 S 13 Highway, Warrensburg, Mo., perryfosterbbq.com


Arthur Bryant's BBQ Restaurant

"The single best restaurant in the world," Calvin Trillin said of the circa-1930, Missouri-side dining icon, putting K.C. on foodies' maps in the '70s. The oldest Arthur Bryant's location is a two-story red-brick storefront sprawl. When the doors open, it's like Charlie Parker just blew in with his entourage. The walls are crowded with portraits of presidents and celebrities, but there's no resting on Oval Office approval seals here. The daily-special rib tips are even more crackling on the outside and succulent within than the popular burnt ends. Slow-smoked with hickory and oak woods, the pork ribs are some of the best in town. The famed original-recipe sauce has vinegar tang and pepper flavor: We relish the Rich & Spicy. 1727 Brooklyn Ave.; other locations and products, arthurbryantsbbq.com


Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue and Catering

The darling of critics both local and national, Joe's is owned by Jeff and Joy Stehney, who nabbed top honors at national BBQ-offs as part of the Slaughterhouse Five pit master team. They then opened two of the area's most acclaimed and popular BBQ stops. Putting it in the company of the French Laundry and El Bulli, Anthony Bourdain named Joe's one of 13 places to eat before you die. Housed within a working Shamrock gas station, the original Joe's (since 1996) has a line outside by 10:30 a.m. "Innovative traditionalists," the owners do as they please. That means adding smoked provolone and fat-boy onion rings to their sweet-rub "Z-Man" beef brisket. Or serving creamy chicken gumbo. Or serving buttery buns (instead of white bread) with their Carolina-style pulled pork. Douse some chipotle-smoky Night of the Living Bar-B-Q sauce on those savory, fat-trimmed burnt ends. Antibiotic-free meats slow-cooked over white oak—that's the ticket. 3002 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, Kan.; 11950 S. Strang Line Rd., Olathe, Kan.; other locations, oklahomajoesbbq.com


LC's Bar-B-Q and Big T's Bar-B-Q

At the fork in the road in East Kansas City you'll (barely) find LC's, a corner drive-up that diners have sought out since 1986 for its grit and authenticity. Just a block east is Big T's, no less of a BBQ destination, featuring a family-suitable dining room. In the glare of neon lights, amongst a smatter of no-frills tables, feast on triple-decker burnt-ends brisket with white bread; meaty spare ribs; tender turkey and sweet BBQ beans. LC's served our eating team's all-around favorite fries, thick-cut and crispy. Order the meats "dry," as the kitchen can over-ladle. Big T's dishes up Deep South sides and a tender brisket with K.C.-styled sauce. Both spots are cash only, but locals advise against crossing traffic to an ATM—"you won't get hit by a car, you'll get robbed." LC's: 5800 Blue Parkway, 816-923-44840; Big T's: 6201 Blue Parkway; bigtbbq.com


Gates BBQ

There are those who gripe that this K.C. pioneer has spread itself too thin. (snip) Besides the reliable short-end ribs, sliced beef-brisket sandwich and icebox-cold coleslaw, the BBQ beans at Gates and Sons are smoky perfection. We know folk here who order them by the pint as a driving snack. Naysayers, live with it. Notable locations: 1221 Brooklyn Ave.; 1325 E. Emanuel Cleaver Blvd.; other locations, gatesbbq.com




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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:00 PM

As far as I'm concerned, Bourdain's silly hyperbole aside, Oklahoma Joe's deserves all the praise it gets.
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Posted 20 September 2011 - 02:01 PM

What do you think "[w]hen the doors open, it's like Charlie Parker just blew in with his entourage" is supposed to mean?
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:55 PM

Anyone catch The Ulterior Epicure on "No Reservations" last night? Episode was 100% BBQ in Kansas City.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

Anyone catch The Ulterior Epicure on "No Reservations" last night? Episode was 100% BBQ in Kansas City.

I did. There's nothing like seeing BBQ in loving HD close-ups. :drool:

Oh, and it was good to see UE too. :P
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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:43 AM

smoked beef and ham from perry foster's Warrensburg

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:35 PM

At the Woodyard, Love love love the chili with burnt ends, if you go early, I was there at 10:30, and you sit outside you can get the chance to visit with the pitmaster as he is doing his magic.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:00 PM

I love Oklahoma Joe's -- but the manliest restaurant in America? What's that even mean? It apparently beat out Katz's in New York -- whose supposed "manliness" is even more mystifying to me. I went to Oklahoma Joe's with at least one woman, who loved it.
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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:18 PM

I may have told this story before, but after a day of meetings in Kansas City, a male attorney and I inveigled some female attorneys into visiting Arthur Bryant's for dinner. I think they'd all been looking forward to green salads and glasses of Chardonnay. :(/>

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:49 PM

Manly!
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#11 Wilfrid

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

Also unpopular. But we only had one night in town.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

If it were popular it wouldn't have been manly.
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#13 irnscrabblechf52

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:12 AM

From what I hear, Oklahoma Joe's used to be a 'manly' restaurant (not meaning who serves the biggest portions of greasy meat, but a certain masculine affect/sensibility, which need not be misogynistic or hostile to women).

It's not anymore haha, and that's not anything against Joe's. Great ribs (though the sides are lame).

The manliest restaurant I've been to is Louie Mueller.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:10 PM

It's not anymore haha, and that's not anything against Joe's. Great ribs (though the sides are lame).


I thought their onion rings were very good.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:20 PM

Actually, I thought all the sides I had there were very good. That was one of the things that impressed me about the place.

Maybe the sides have gotten better as it's gotten less manly.
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